Imagine being a thirteen year-old-girl, and in a span of literally only a few months, you gain more than sixty pounds, even though your eating habits and activity level have had no changes. You develop severe and uncontrollable acne over your entire body and wide, purple stretch marks across all your skin. Your body perspires in a way and an amount you have never experienced, ever, and no antiperspirant on the market can be applied often enough to make a difference. You have horrible digestive problems and your hair is falling out. On top of that you feel inexplicably angry, depressed and have wild mood swings. You’re exhausted all the time, needing to sleep 12-16 hours a day. People around you look at you and what’s happening to you and shake their heads. She’s lazy, she overeats, she’s rebellious, she should exercise more, she should eat less, she doesn’t care about her own appearance or hygiene, she should…, she should…, she should… Judgement, judgement, judgement – without the facts or knowledge to base that judgement on. We all do it; look at someone’s physical appearance and assume we know what they’re all about.
Our 19-year-old daughter has been battling PCOS and insulin resistance for almost six years, now. Not only is it extremely rare for someone as young as she was to be diagnosed (We diagnosed it ourselves and after two years of cancer scares, CAT scans, ultrasounds and what seemed like gallons of blood work, the doctors finally came to the same conclusion.), but her symptoms would be severe and frustrating for anyone, much less for a child. We all know the old adages about not judging a book by its cover and beauty coming from within; and I agree with all of them, to an extent. I am also realistic enough to know that all of us develop some sense of worth and confidence from the way we feel about the way we look and from the way we feel OTHERS think we look. For a teen, this is an even bigger struggle. For right or wrong, good or bad, we all view ourselves, to some degree, by who we see looking back at us in the mirror. Over time, maturity, wisdom and life experience temper the way we feel about ourselves and the rude comments of others. We understand more fully the worth and value imbued in us by a loving and merciful God. I’m so excited that our daughter has grown into a woman who sees her purpose and value through the eyes of her Creator. She understands His will and purpose for her are so much more than appearance; and her devotion to bringing Him glory by the way she lives, serves and shares with others has developed her into someone truly beautiful, inside and out. But, as a mom, when I’m given a chance to do something that may lessen or remove one of the symptoms of her condition, I’m anxious to try and do that. Anytime she or I discover, through our research, something that may help, even in a small way, she makes that lifestyle change.
X Out is an acne treatment, developed by the makers of Proactiv, to fit the active, busy lifestyles of teens. It’s one, simple, two-minute step to complete, PLUS it can be used not just as a facial wash, but as a mask or a spot treatment, when you need it. Teens simply wash their face with X Out, in the morning and at night. It contains prescription-grade acne medication, which is pulled into the skin as they wash their face. That medicine goes deep into the pores and stays behind, even after rinsing, to fight acne bacteria all day long. X Out contains a cleanser made from coconut derivatives, an exfoliant, ingredients to moisturize and smooth and that refreshing, invigorating feel, it is known for, comes from menthol.
At this point of just beginning our testing, the one feature of X Out that seems a little silly and unnecessary, to both my daughter and myself, is the purple square found on the package. It’s a QR code. Teens download the QR app onto their smartphones and then by scanning the code on their product, they have access to a daily video, exactly two-minutes long, that they can watch while they spend two minutes massaging the cleanser into their skin and washing. So, far the videos have been perfectly harmless, and occasionally funny. It’s not likely to be something our daughter will continue with, since she is perfectly capable of focusing on a task for two minutes, but I can see how younger teens might find it a fun distraction.
The testimonials and success stories for X Out are extremely positive and I’m excited to be given the opportunity for our daughter to test it for the next four weeks. It was a nice surprise to open the package and find a body bar included as an extra gift, too. Because the acne that is part of living with PCOS is so severe, painful and widespread, there aren’t any over-the-counter treatments we’ve found that come close to being effective. Doctors have prescribed a variety of chemical medications and topical treatments that were also ineffective and created even more symptoms, besides having dangerous side effects. Basically left to find solutions on our own, we’ve tried just about everything. It’s why we have great hope for the prescription-quality medication in X Out and are looking forward to some positive changes in at least one of the difficult symptoms of living with PCOS. So, just like with people, we’re not going to judge X Out by “its cover”, its simple one-step process, plain packaging and what may seem like a sort of silly marketing tool (the videos). We’re going to take four weeks to get to know it and really get to see what it’s like on the inside. I’ll keep you posted and let you know about the results at the end of our four-week trial.
I wrote this review while participating in a test drive campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of X Out and received an X Out product sample to facilitate my review, one to giveaway, and a promotional item to thank me for participating.